KEVIN JOAQUIN GARCIA
Welcome to my website! I grew up playing music in the Detroit Metro Area of the United States, and I currently live in Brooklyn, NY. I enjoy playing in diverse bands and ensembles from all over the world. I also perform on Broadway and I accompany dance in New York City. I play drum set, hand percussion, classical percussion, keyboard percussion, trigger pad samplers and effects modules, and I engineer in Logic and Ableton. Keep reading below to find out more about me and who I play with, the musicals I work on, my dance collaborations and accompaniment, some of my career highlights, teachers I have had the pleasure of studying with, and current projects I am working on. Navigate above to hear music I have recorded, see videos I am in, flip through my abridged discography, check out the gear I have, and how to contact me if you are interested in working with me. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!
The Duhks / Duncan Sheik / Wheatus / Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy / Gato Loco / Brontosaurus On Pluto / Bright Light Bright Light / Pape Armand Boye / Le Poules à Colin / Djustpora / Badu Boye / Clinton Curtis / Justin Levine / Charlie Rosen / E2K / The Enophiles / My Midnight Heart / Gabriel Kahane and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra / Rebecca Naomi Jones / Jose Llana / Quinn and Qristina Bashand / Jared Saltiel / The New York Voices / MC Frontalot / Kerrigan-Lowdermilk / The Swedes / Sky White Tiger / Skylar Grey / David Poe / Slow Knights / MC Lars / Sophie Hanlon / The Quinns / The As-Is Ensemble / The Stacks / Karla Rose and The Thorns / Marcus Paul James / Gaby Alter / Nimesh Gandhi / Micah Green / Bartosz Hadala / Pretendo / Morricone Youth / The Red Hook Ramblers / Desiring Machines / Aikostar / The Plastic Fantastics / Kim David Smith / Benjamin Ickies / This Ambitious Orchestra / The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra / The Garden State Philharmonic. Special guest and festival workshops: Bombino, Elephant Revival, Hangai, De Temps Antan, Donna The Buffalo, Coig, Le Hay Babies, Tony McMannis, The Bombadils, and Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba.
Broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman (Cast Member, Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording), Broadway Musical Fun Home (Designated Sub Drummer, Percussionist), Off Broadway musical Murder Ballad (Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording), Shakespeare In The Park: Love's Labour's Lost (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording), Off Broadway Musical Whisper House by Duncan Sheik (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording), NOIR by Duncan Sheik (Vibraphone, Drummer, Percussionist), Lincoln Center's American Songbook live broadcast with Rebecca Naomi Jones 2014, and Jose Llana 2015 (Drummer, Percussionist), Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS' Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Drummer), Kerrigan-Lowdermilk's Live Album Tour (Drummer, Percussionist), NYCLU Broadway Stands Up For Freedom Concert 2013-2014.
Dance accompanist for The Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation (Composer and Accompanist) / Steps On Broadway / Peridance / Limon / Columbia University-Barnard College (Composer and Accompanist) / Juilliard / New York University / Alvin Ailey Dance Theater (composer and Accompanist) / Paul Taylor / Marymount / Hunter College / Long Island University / Mark Morris / The Joffrey Ballet / Matthew Bourne's New Adventures / David Dorfman Dance / The Sean Curran Dance Company / Milton Meyers / Kevin Wynn / Trisha Brown / Donald McKayle / Mary Cochran / Saeko Ichinohe (Composer) / Jeff and Yukie Moen (composer) / Anita Cheng (Composer) / Himiko Minato (Composer) / Dagmar Spain (Composer) / Gil Stroming's Break The Floor (Music Director) / Mia Michaels / Mandy Moore / Mike Minery / Chris Erk / Nick Lazzarini / The Jump Convention (Music Director) / ArtsConnection / Harkness Dance / American College Dance Festival Association. Kevin also teaches dance accompaniment to aspiring musicians.
1998 PASIC Best International Percussion Performance Winner / 2000 US Ambassador Musician to Poland / 2003 Columbia University-Barnard College Composer in Residence / 2007 to 2013 touring the UK eleven times with Wheatus and Australia in 2013 / 2008 Performing at Town Hall with Duncan Sheik and touring the USA / 2010 US Ambassador Musician to France / Performing Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway and BBAJ "Rock Star" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon / 2013 NYC Shakespeare In The Park Love's Labour's Lost / 2014 Performing at The Apollo and Lincoln Center with Rebecca Naomi Jones and in 2015 Returning to Lincoln Center to perform with Jose Llana / 2014 I was made an Honorary Cajun by The City of Lafayette, Louisiana / 2015 I toured Alaska with The Duhks making that the 49th state I have performed in / 2015 Opened The Edmonton Folk Festival with The Duhks, and performed with Bombino, Hangai, and Jerry Douglas / 2015 Sat in with Elephant Revival and John Oates at Salmon Arm Festival / 2015 Performed with The Duhks, De Temps Antan, Coig, and The Bombadils at Owen Sound Summerfolk.
Billy Hart Drum Set (6 years) / Judy Moonert Classical and Keyboard Percussion (5 years) / Boris Amontete Tchango Drum Set (Summer study) / Ustad Mulazim Hussain Tabla (2 years) / Zoumana Dembele Djembe (Summer study) / Dre Pallemaerts Drum Set (Summer study) / Sri Guruvayur Dorai Mridangam (1 year), Frances Kofi Djembe (1 year) Tim Froncek Drum Set (2 years) Jon Weber Drum Corps Percussion (1 year), Chris Thompson Drum Set and Drum Corps Percussion (1 year), Tim Fairbanks Drum Corps Percussion (1 year), Joe Kuerzi Drum Corps Percussion (3 years), and Brandon Brown Drum Set (7 years). Kevin holds degrees from Western Michigan University in Percussion Performance and Philosophy. He also attended the Halewynstitchting Conservatory in Belgium for Jazz, Ghanaian, Togolese, and Cameroonian Percussion Performance. in 2000, Kevin attended The Lake Placid Institute for Composition and Improvisation where he studied with Kenny Werner, Bob Brookmeyer, Rufus Reid, and Jane Ira Bloom.
PROJECTS AND NEWS
Gato Loco is playing at Joe's Pub January 29. We will be performing our Verdi Requiem Record in full, along with some other gems.
I am helping develop the musical Halfway Home with Justin Levine at City Center February 19-22.
I am working on the Broadway Musical Fun Home as a designated sub.
I'm playing Rockwood on Feb 4 with The Quinns, and on Feb 5 with Derek Fawcett.
I'm recording a new record with Gato Loco on Feb 10, and recording new tracks for an upcoming record with Karla Rose and The Thorns on Feb 11.
The Duhks will be on tour in the midwest Feb 24-29, and in Pullman ,Washington on March 4.
The Swedes will play Bowery Electric on April 23 debuting songs from their upcoming record release.
Music For Enophiles will be back at Bowery Electric on May 4th.
Jose Llana's record release at Joe's Pub is on May 16.
Touring in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Isreal, and Russia TBA soon.